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First Century Memoir of Judas Iscariot Found

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Painting of the remorse of Judas Iscariot

“The life of an artist is a great challenge.” — Judas Iscariot

Jerusalem, Israel — In a stunning discovery, a reserach team from Al Haritz Ha Blamshem University in Israel have unearthed what they are calling the memoirs of Judas Iscariot.

Iscariot, known in the new testament as both an apostle and traitor of Jesus, was said to have committed suicide by hanging himself after betraying Jesus to the authorities. 

For centuries, archaeologists have sifted the area surrounding Jerusalem for any historical evidence for Judas Iscariot, but came up empty handed.

All this changed last week when the Ha Blamshem team produced a near-perfect copy of this book. The book, which appears in the form of a codex, has been radio carbon dated to the first century.

Team leader and chief archaveologist Bosron Jehudah notes that “this is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. It has no precedent. It is a fully intact literary work attributed to Judas Iscariot.”

The manuscript runs in excess of 200 leaves and is written in Aramaic, possibly in the hand of Iscariot himself. 

And the story it tells is remarkable.

The work, which is entitled “Seeking Jesus Together,” begins with a dramatic recounting of the moment Iscariot determined he would betray Jesus.

“It was not for want of money,” Iscariot writes, “that I turned Jesus over to the authorities, as some claim. It was entirely motivated by my penchant for altruism. We have too many revolutionaries, too many saying that they would overthrow the order of things and make things the way they want them to be, that is, the way they think things should be. I cannot disagree more. Once these people have taken over, there will be more rumblings, and group after group seeking to overthrow the standing order. No, let us, I said to myself, learn to be content with the government we have.”

Should the work prove genuinely from the pen of Iscariot, it will stand as a landmark in the history of Christianity. 

“I have known for many years,” said Jehudah, “that the Bible as it stands must be filled with fabrications. Here, at last, is someone to break the curse.”

The Iscariot manuscript is Judas’ defense of his actions in betraying Jesus. In it he claims Jesus had gone too far with his revolutionary tendencies.

“Among his [Jesus’] vices,” reads one section, “included his penchant for deception through magical arts.”

The appearance of the Iscariot manuscript comes as a great irony to many biblical scholars. Dr. Bram Belsnip, of Pensacola Arbitrational College, says that “It’s ironic that a man who has been so demonized by the church for centuries might in fact have the balanced truth we need about the Jesus event, to shed light on the historical Jesus.”

The facts about Judas Iscariot may turn out to be different than the received Christian traditions. For instance, the Iscariot manuscript debunks the claim that Judas hanged himself. “I am alive and well and healthy, lo these five years after the death of Jesus. I have not hanged myself, as some claim I have.”

Critics urge careful examination. One the one hand, there is alwaqys the possibility that the work might be fraudulent. On the other hand, it is altogether that while the work dates to the first century AD, it might not come from the hand of Mr. Iscariot.

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